Been busy dreaming of your renovation during lockdown? 

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of that perfect new kitchen or bathroom, or perhaps an extension to your home that you’ve been planning for years? The Covid-19 pandemic has most certainly made renovations difficult for homeowners and investors alike. But as they are beginning to lift, now is the perfect time to get inspired and get your project on the road.

We chat to the team at Gallery Living for their advice on how to make those dreams a reality as Sydney starts to open up.

Get Dreaming!

Now is the time to start gathering all those wonderful plans and ideas you made during lockdown and call in the experts. Choosing the exact theme and feel that you want to create is a great place to start. Having a clear set plan of what you want to achieve will streamline the design and building process.

If you’ve been busy in lockdown researching online and collecting similar-looking aspects you want to include in your renovation consider creating a mood/theme board with all your ideas and plans. You can pin these and remove them as you see fit to define your project. Mood boards are a great way to get the whole household involved in the planning process. Think about focal features, colours, and the general mood you want to set with the look and feel of your dream project.

There are plenty of options to choose from and grab inspiration – Pinterest is a favorite as well as Houzz that offer a selection of beautiful projects and designs. Also consider ordering samples of flooring, benchtops, colour schemes, tiling, and the like.

Fabulous websites to create a digital version of your mood / theme board include:

  • Canva – a free Australian online graphic design and publishing tool. 
  • Style Sourcebook – Free mood board web app for interior design with lots of examples!

#TOPTIP Confused about colour schemes? Now is the time to grab those sample pots and start experimenting with colours.

MoodBoard Style Sourcebook Plan a renovation
Mood Board by KH Designed via Style Sourcebook

Go Shopping!

It’s the perfect time to get dreaming about all of those incredible appliances on offer. If you are contemplating a new kitchen, you can get busy shopping for all your wonderful appliances. With so many incredible appliances available in a range of impressive colours you can get busy organising all the needed equipment for your new renovation. Shop around and get a good feel for exactly what you are looking for and the budget you have available.

Adding a new extension? Or a new room to your home, perhaps even an office space? Once you have decided on your colour and general theme you can easily get prepared with all the added extras. Perhaps it’s a statement furniture piece you are looking for? An unusually coloured bathtub? Or an interesting throw-rug? Preparing with all the added extras that make your renovation pop, will help keep your renovation enthusiasm up, while also helping to get organised sooner.

Shopping for key appliances and fixtures early will also help ensure you have the item on site when you need it. Lead times are blowing out for some items as manufacturing starts up again and what would have taken 6 weeks can take 10, 12…sometimes more…. It is better to know what you want, talk to suppliers and ensure you take longer lead times into consideration.

Book It In!

If you were lucky enough to experience an online consulting design process, you can now look forward to an easy transition into your project. Or perhaps you’ve been waiting for the perfect chance to book your designer? Having everything ready to go, your project outlined and the theme will make the whole experience much easier. Having expert advice will help with any sticking points and give you some great ideas particularly when it comes to placement of all the needed appliances and making better use of the space you have. With the help of a professional, your renovation will be transformed into reality, particularly with what options you have available to you. After some expert advice, many homeowners are left in awe of what they can do with the large or small space they have available.

Calling in a professional is paramount when it comes to all renovations – they not only offer the inspiration you need, they can easily transform your ideas into reality. Helping you choose the perfect bath, kitchen appliances, tiles, mirrors, and more to ensure you get the very best fixtures and fittings that will complement your design and result.

#TOPTIP Renovating your kitchen, bathroom, or office? Write down all the things you love about the space and all the things you don’t. Understanding what the existing space doesn’t offer will make your design not only beautiful but also highly functional to your exact needs.

Get Organised!

Now is the perfect time to get organised. New kitchen? Consider a good declutter of all your cupboards and draws so when the building begins and pack-up is needed – it’s not a daunting rushed task. Taking the time to clean cupboards, remove items that you no longer want, or need is a great way to streamline your renovation project.

If you are adding an extension or doing any major renovation work, consider looking at the entire house. Dust can be an issue for any home renovation. Packing up all the unwanted knickknacks and storing them in plastic containers or a spare room can help with the clean-up after the builders have left. A good declutter is also hugely rewarding. Once the builders are ready to come on-site, the rooms that will be directly affected will be easy to pack up and prepare.

Our Gallery Living experts can make your renovation dreams come true so talk to the team today about your plans. Check out their website for more details or book a call today by calling Natalie on 0406 066 603.

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